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AAP slams Congress for criticizing EC decision on RIL gas pricing
Saturday March 29, 2014 7:42 PM, Staff Reporter

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday criticised the Congress for attacking the Election Commission for deferring the government's decision to double the prices of natural gas.

"The attack on the Election Commission by two union Congress ministers for having deferred the government's decision to double the prices of natural gas proves beyond doubt that the Congress heart beats for Reliance Industries and not for the people of this country", the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said in a statement.

"The kind of language used by Jairam Ramesh and Anand Sharma in questioning the EC's decision is a clear indication that the Congress, which is headed for a rout in the Lok Sabha elections, is not bothered about the adverse impact the doubling of gas prices will have on the lives of people, already reeling under the intolerable price rise of essential commodities due to wrong policies of the UPA government", it said.

"Ramesh and Sharma, who are counting their days as ministers of a government, which will be remembered in history for a series of corruption scams and policies which promoted crony capitalism, have made an unsuccessful attempt to defend an indefensible decision of a desperate government on its last leg", the statement said.

"The use of language by these ministers that the EC is functioning like a parallel government and that it had extended its mandate, only shows that the Congress seems to have forgotten that their tenure is all but over and the people of the country are set to elect a new government in less than two months", it said.

The statement said, it appears that a string of electoral defeats in the recent past and the possibility of its worst ever performance in the Lok Sabha elections staring it in the face, the Congress seems to have decided to take a revenge on the people.

"Not only did the Congress-led UPA government take a completely unjustified decision to double the gas prices from $4.2 per unit to $ 8.4 with the sole intention of providing huge undue financial benefits to the Reliance Industries Limited", the AAP statement said.

"Both Ramesh and Sharma need to be reminded that their government's decision has been challenged in the Supreme Court, which is hearing the matter and despite their misinformation campaign, they have not been able to find any legal infirmity in the FIR filed against their colleague and petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily and the RIL by the Anti Corruption Branch of the Delhi government", it added.

"The Congress appears to have altered its slogans to please the big corporates like the RIL and seems ready to embrace – Congress ka Haath Ambani ke saath", it said.

"The AAP will continue its efforts to expose the unholy nexus between the Congress and the RIL, the only aim of which was to ruin the lives of the people by imposing the burden of price rise on them", it said.

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